The Holiday Artwalk in downtown Billings will be held from 5-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, in conjunction with the Christmas Stroll.
Galleries and businesses will be festively decorated and have new exhibits by local and regional artists with artists on hand. A downtown tradition for 18 years, the Holiday Artwalk will include 31 different stops for Artwalkers and their families, friends and neighbors.
The artWALKERSbus will begin its free two-hour tour of the Artwalk galleries at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Good Earth Market. Maps will be available at each of the galleries, or see the map on Page 19 of this issue of The Outpost or visit www.artwalkbillings.com to download a copy.
The following galleries will be giving out free gifts during Artwalk: Catherine Louisa Gallery, Stephen Haraden, Lore Law Firm, Guido’s Pizzeria, Level 504, Montana State University Billings Potters’ Guild and Art Students’ League, McCormick Café, Navigate Art, Phil Bell, Prodigal Gallery, Chinatown Gallery and Limber Tree Yoga Studio.
Highlights of the exhibits include:
Barjon’s Books: Billings painter Kira Fercho will be exhibiting during Artwalk. Known for her modern impressionistic paintings, her work is in national galleries and museums.
MSU Billings Potters’ Guild and Art Students’ League will show work at the Downtown Campus, 2804 Third Ave. The Potters’ Guild is a nonprofit student and community organization at MSU Billings. The work represented in the exhibition will demonstrate the variety of ceramic work that is being made in the ceramics department. Both sculptural and functional work will be shown. The work on view will be a variety of two and three dimensional artworks from members.
McCormick Café is showing works by Bill and Phil Arbizzani.
Q’s Art & Framing will present art and crafts from the students of its continuing education programs. A silent auction will be held to make the entire show available for sale to the public. The silent auction will end on Dec. 21. Live art demonstrations and refreshments are planned.
Harry Koyama Fine Art will be full of song on Artwalk night with the voices of the Montana Melodies from Hardin.
Good Earth Market: “Altered Vista,” a series of paintings by Sarah Morris, will hang in the Apple Gallery through Jan. 25. She says, “The layered clouds in the sky, miles of rolling hills, dramatic mountain ranges, and countless points of view to experience keep our eyes dripping with pleasure.” She will answer questions about her work and also give an artist’s talk at 6:30 p.m. The Deli Café will serve its dinner special from 4:30-7 p.m. and live music will be provided by Lindsey Jacobsen.
Papa Bear Gallery: Work by students of retired Hardin art teacher Hector Alvarado, watercolors and ink drawings by Tom Mulford, and drawings, paintings and silk screens by Judd Thompson will be on display.
Babcock Theatre Arcade: See Artography by local professional photographer Phil Bell. A variety of photographic images can be seen that will range from classic and traditional to abstract and eccentric. All of his images are printed on canvas using archival printed inks. Also enjoy in the Arcade live music by Justin Johnson. The singer and songwriter will play original folk and country music on the acoustic guitar.
Kennedy’s Stained Glass shows custom stained glass by Susan Kennedy Sommerfeld and team. The ornament of the year will be featured, a tradition that has been part of the studio for two years.
Billings Gallery of Fine Art will hold art demonstrations by Pamela Earleywine and Victoria Franck Wetsch all evening. Earleywine, a plein air landscape and wildlife painter from Livingston, works mainly in oils. She has developed a unique technique of working on bark paper. She lightly draws the general shape of the subject with a brown wash, then begins blocking in the main colors and details. “It’s not just about technical skills and careful rendering, it is about interacting with the world and capturing a moment to share with others,” she says. Victoria Franck Wetsch will be presenting a new collection of encaustic work and demonstrating with all of the elements of the encaustic process including beeswax, fossilized resin and pigments. Encaustic work has a visual depth that comes from many layers and a final golden luster finish.
Chinatown Gallery: A new Artwalk stop at 2624 Minnesota Ave. shows works by Fred DeFauw, Coila Evans, Lori Blaylock, Suzanne McPherson, Dominique Parks and Kevin Morgan.
Global Village: Many of the first pieces produced at Middle Ground Pottery from the Salvation Army Art program will be on display at Global Village. Middle Ground Pottery is an innovative program started this fall by Tana Patterson under the Billy Booth Fine Arts Factory, The Salvation Army’s art and music program for youth ages 6-18. Live music is provided.
CTA Architects shows new works by Cody Johnson and Justin Voeller
Gallery Interiors: Joe Booth and his “Santa Claus” art, wildlife and figurative work will be featured. A professional artist since 1987, Booth chooses to work in charcoal and on the human figure. Trained as a comic book illustrator, he is the founding member of The Black Hand Group. Joe and his wife, Stephanie, opened Gallery Interiors five years ago. A fusion of fine art and fine furnishings has produced a unique store and an Artwalk member.
Lore Law Firm displays the first solo show of local photographer Cherlyn Miller.
Navigate Art will be hosting the artists of the Unreal for Artwalk. Unreal is a Billings-based company which features local and regional artists, musicians, fashion designers, photographers and culinary artists. Photography by Becky Brockie and Liv will be featured. Live jazz will play from 5-9 p.m.
Purple Sage Gallery: Neil Patterson, a Canadian artist and president of the Oil Painters of America, will discuss his work. Born and raised in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, he had limited exposure to art and supplies. It wasn’t until a visit to the National Art Gallery in Ottawa and his aunt’s purchase of a set of oils for him that he was able to finish his first painting. That first painting was done on an industrial grade canvas belt he found in the basement. In March 2007 the National Art Museum of China exhibited his work. Neil’s work is famous for its use of bright vivid colors, applied straight from the tube with loose impressionistic brush strokes.
Sandstone Gallery will feature works by members Gloria Mang (encaustics, fused glass, watercolors and photography) and Sue Hammersmark (oils, watercolors and drawings.) The guest artist will be Dave Torrence, wood carver.
Yellowstone Art Museum provides free admission to see the current exhibits and shop Winterfair, an indoor arts and crafts festival presenting handmade jewelry, fine art, pottery, clothing and more. The Raven’s Café will be open for dinner. Live music by Chuck Holland.
The Jason Jam Gallery, located in Suite 7 on the second floor of the Carlin Hotel across the hall from susang studio, will display small oil and watercolor paintings of varied subjects including gardens, mountain landscapes and urban dwellings by Jam in addition to his cartoons.
Jens Gallery & Design: “The Colors of Joy” will be the holiday exhibit showing the art of Lisa Ernst, Nicholas Bivins, Sean Heavey, Connie Jens, Lila Carpenter, Cy Kindsfather, Sue La Fountain, Jenny Moller, Tine DeWeese, and Gerald Kindsfather. This festive exhibit is a blend of paintings, sculpture, pottery, photography, drawings and jewelry. The show will run through December.
Catherine Louisa Gallery: Rob Akey, painter from Whitefish, will bring his paintings to the December Artwalk. Growing up in Montana, he spent summers working steel gangs, trail crews, harvesting wheat and hiking. As a result, he paints in his studio subjects that have stories that need to be told. His work are highly representational, yet emotional.
Limber Tree Yoga Studio, 212 North 31st Street, will participate in its first Artwalk event with an exhibit of paintings by local artist Elizabeth Shumaker. Shumaker mainly works in oil and acrylic mediums. Her paintings are a reflection of a teaching, a realization, a dream or a story that she has received.
and benefited from. She derives inspiration from her spiritual path and her intention is to translate those experiences into imagery.
Stephen Haraden Studio will present new paintings and discuss his process with Artwalkers. Works in progress also will be on display.
susang will open up her studio in Suite 8 in the Carlin Hotel on Artwalk. She will have new fine silver jewelry, bead embroidery art, handmade notecards, watercolors and pastels for Artwalkers to enjoy.
Billings Food Bank will display the art of former executive director of the St. Vincent de Paul Center, Harry Merchant.
Toucan Gallery presents “A Little Art Show,” the gallery’s biennial showing of small works. Artists were invited to submit artwork that conformed to dimensions no larger than 5-by-7 inches.
Other Artwalk stops include:
Sunrise Studio & Art Gallery
For more information call 259-6563.